Hotel Casa Don Francisco
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Casa Don Francisco Zihuatanejo
Couldn't ask for more!
Casa Don Francisco was teriffic and exceeded our expectations. We stayed in the El Dorado room; the plunge pool and the hammock were so relaxing and the view was amazing. The location (at the far end of Playa la Ropa) was perfect, as it was a bit off the cluster of Playa la Ropa, and just a 15 minute walk over the rocks to Playa Las Gatas). We learned about this hotel on Tripadvisor and wanted to give back and let everyone know what a great place this is. We have stayed in some very nice small hotels around the world, and this one is right up towards the top.
Loved this Hotel
We just got back from a week at Don Francisco. We would highly recommend this intimate, boutique style hotel, steps from La Ropa beach for those looking for a classy, romantic vacation. It was designed by the same architect as Villa Del Sol, and this was evident in every visually stunning detail. The hotel was immaculately keep, with exquisite gardens and a beautiful infinity pool which we usually had to ourselves. Staff was gracious yet unobtrusive. We had a late flight out and were given the complementary use of one of the suites with a private infinity pool to shower and change in before our trip home. Our suite was the Ostion which had spectacular views from the terrace of Zihua Bay. It was spacious, comfortable, with an open air shower, mini bar, hammock and chairs on the terrace. . Excellent restaurants are within walking distance and we felt safe at all times. We loved each day in "Paradise" and will definitely return.
Hotel Casa Don Francisco is a Find
My husband and I stayed at Casa Don Francisco Mar 8-14. Our room the El Dorado was by far the nicest room either of us have ever stayed in. We estimated the room and deck to be between 700-800 square feet... the size of a small apartment! Our terrace was beautiful with gorgeous views of Zihua Bay, a hammock, double wide lounge chair and refreshing infinity pool. The sounds of exotic birds woke us every morning. The beach was just a short walk down the hotel driveway. A nice continental breakfast with coffee, fresh fruit, cereal, fresh pastries, toast... was served every morning poolside. The staff were awesome... Erica, Cesar and Miriam were always there to chat with us, help us with whatever we needed and give great recommendations on things to do and restuarants. We would recommend the Casa Don Francisco unconditionally. We dined at both Villa del Sol and La Casa Que Canta and had a chance to check out both hotels...our opinion was that the accomodations at Casa Don Francisco were nicer, larger and a great deal for the money!! We really liked that we could walk down the beach to grab a bite to eat or a drink or take a taxi for the equivalent of 3 or 4 dollars US. We usually chose the beautiful walk! Zihua is a great little town!! Can't wait to return!!
Small, Private villa in Zihuatanejo
Every time we travel, we try to find small, luxury, non expensive hotel (not so easy to find) Casa Don Francisco has all of the above. I like to go with my husband 2 or 3 times a year to our beautiful Mexican beaches, but is hard to find nice hotels like this one, Advertisement for this kind of hotels are mainly for European, American or Canadian tourism. Mexicans are not used to stay in B&B's, mostly stays in big, functional, tourist oriented hotels. Finding Casa Don Francisco was like finding a big diamond right on the beach. The view from our room (Ostion) was astonishing. The staff is very nice and helpful, and you are treated as at home. Tip: If you visit Zihuatanejo please have a romantic dinner at Kau Khan it's one of the best cuisines in town.
We loved every minute!
Casa Don Francisco is a beautiful, exotic small hotel that feels like a private villa. It was designed by the same architect as Villa del Sol and La Casa Que Canta, with intimate tropical gardens, tiled pools, winding stairways, and beautiful views. Our room, the Ostion Suite, was on the third level. The room was very large, with a separate closet area and enormous bathroom and open-air shower with inlaid pebble-design flooring looking out over the bay. Best of all was the deck. It was as big as the room, with a hammock, table and chairs, and lounge chair. The deck floor, woven stick railings and gorgeous beams were all made of local wood, which had been oiled and smelled wonderful. We spent hours out there, looking out at the bay and the lights of Zihuatanejo, or watching the tropical birds and squirrels in the treetops. It is one of the very best views in Zihuatanejo...maybe even the best. Our deck didn't have a private pool, but we loved the garden pool and were always the only ones there. The website photos do not begin to do this place justice. It's a work of art.
The staff was wonderful. They called our taxis, gave great restaurant advice, made reservations, and became our friends. We hated leaving them. Most guests are couples, but I went for a week with my two teenage girls, without my husband. I wanted a sense of security and friendliness, and couldn't have been happier with everything. That said, I would love to return with just my hustand. It's very romantic.
The hotel is about half a block from La Ropa beach, up a little road. I had worried about not staying at a beachfront hotel, but ended up preferring this arrangement. All the beaches are lined with restaurants that seat you under an umbrella or palapa in the sand, with chaise lounges, table and chairs. We would just pick a restaurant mid-morning and stay through lunch to mid-afternoon, when we were ready to go "home" to our deck and pool. We tried different restaurants and different beaches, and loved the variety.
This hotel is a bargain! It's half the price of the other luxury hotels on Playa la Ropa, more intimate, more charming. Can't wait to go back!
Lovely Little Hotel
I travel the world and am very picky about my hotels. I am used to Hilton Diamond Club VIP treatment, stay at the Four Seasons, etc. as well as love my fair share of cute B&Bs. Hotel Casa Don Francisco is a little lovely hotel! The staff is super friendly and very attentive. I can't say enough good things about them. When I left, I felt like I was leaving good friends!
The rooms are clean and so beautiful. The rooms are very reasonably priced for what you get, especially the private infinity pool, ocean view rooms (I stayed in El Dorado). I love that the hotel is small, I think only about 8 or so rooms. They are in the awesome "adobe" style. Cute bathrooms. When you take a shower (at least in my room), there is a huge (but very private) window and you have an amazing ocean view while your shower!!! There is also A/C which is a plus in my book as well as a ceiling fan. No TVs so it is a truely "get away from it all" great hotel. Even though the hotel is not oceanfront, it is still close enough to the ocean so that you can fall asleep and wake up to the sounds of ocean waves! The pool is nice, lovely for a dip and poolside cocktail. The restaurant was still being built when I was there, but there is a lovely continental breakfast that is served poolside in the mornings.
The hotel is near the edge of Playa Ropa in Zihua. It is also close to Las Gatas beach, another lovely beach in Zihua that is very calm and good for kids (I don't have any kids though).
I, like another fellow tripadvisor critic, would also not recommend the hotel to someone that can't climb many steps.
Overall, what a cute and great hotel!!
Loved the Hotel Casa Don Francisco and it was a bargain
Iīve lived in 5 countries, travelled extensively and have stayed in a lot of hotels and resorts around the world. None quite match up with the Hotel Casa Don Francisco in Zihuatanejo, Mexico.
Itīs exotic, relaxing and private with incredible rooms. Our room came with a private terrace which had a swimming pool that overlooked the hotel gardens and the bay. PRIVATE open aired swimming pools that overlook the beach says it all.
The service is excellent and the staff makes you feel right at home.
We went surfing, kayaking, biking and fishing, which are all right around the corner, but nothing is better than returning to your own private terrace for a 1 hour massage to wrap up the day.
Thereīs also some great restaurants walking distance.
I highly recommend this place for all of you heading to Mexico to relax or for eco-tourism especially since the rates are so cheap compared to other hotels in this category (1/2 price compared to the norm).
A Garden Paradise with the warm feel of home.
A truly beautiful and extremely comfortable piece of "Paradise" just steps from La Ropa beach. Breathtaking views. Incredibly clean and beautiful. We were welcomed by Erica as if it were her own "home"!
Each suite is spacious and comfortable, laid out with incredible attention to detail. We truly did not want to go home! This Hotel has only eight suites, but each is glorious. The cozy atmosphere is very welcoming and the staff is exceptional. It is close to everything, but still very private. I will spend the rest of my life wondering, "how" I could spend the rest of my life there!
If you are after a beautiful, private, and romantic stay, just off the beaten path, without the noise, just the sound of the waves, make it here!
There are no "frills" ie: in room phones, radios, tv's. But that is what makes it so terrific! You will truly "escape" during your stay here.
We will be counting the days until our next visit!
Peter and Christine doCouto
My husband and I stayed at Hotel Casa Don Francisco for our honeymoon in late January 2005. We took a risk because we weren't able to find many reviews about the hotel, and it paid off. I'm submitting a rather detailed review since there aren't many out there.
Upon our arrival, and nearly every time we returned to the hotel, there was a staff person waiting to open the taxi doors for us and welcome us back. And if we were leaving, someone was generally around to call us a cab; although we preferred to walk to the end of the drive and catch a cab ourselves.
The main reception of the hotel is quaint and calming. There is a small desk in one corner and that is the only sign of "business" that you can see. Erica was available daily to answer any questions and recommend activities and restaurants.
We found the staff to be very attentive. We noticed that our refrigerator was not working, and it was replaced within hours.
The hotel is planning to open a restaurant soon, but for now, breakfast is an assortment of cereal, fresh fruit, toast, Danishes, milk, orange juice, and coffee. Not being breakfast people, this was a perfect start to our day.
At the top of a beautiful stairway was our room, Pez Vela. When I walked into the room, I walked into another world...a much more relaxing world. In the main room of the suite is a huge bed. Throughout our stay, our bed and other areas of the room would be decorated with fresh flower petals and even a fresh bouquet one day. From the bed, you could look out double doors and see the hammock and infinity pool on our private patio, as well as a beautiful view of the bay.
The bathroom was modern with an open air shower. Many fresh towels were in the room daily. There was also a very large closet in another part of the suite. It was nice to unpack and stash our luggage. The closet also contains a small wooden lock box. I would have preferred a safe, but I never felt that my belongings were not safe in the hotel.
Now to the patio. The infinity pool was mostly shaded, which made it rather cool. I seemed to have gotten used to it by the end of the stay, but my husband could never stay in it more than a minute or two. There were two lounge chairs, two chairs and a table, and the hammock, which we used constantly.
The room does not include a television or phone; which gives it bonus points on my rating scale. The only sound you hear are birds singing, waves breaking on the shore, and faint sounds of life going on around you.
The only possible negative aspect of the hotel is that it sits at the top of a short but steep incline, and most rooms are at the top of a long flight of stairs. Although we enjoyed the exercise, this could be a concern for people with mobility constraints.
If you are looking for a place to escape and recharge, Hotel Casa Don Francisco is perfect for you.
Big rooms and good location
We stayed here when it first opened, and it was a great experience. Staff was nice, but not really helpful. We had lots of questions and needed recommendations, but the woman at the front desk was surprisingly a bit clueless. The owner of the hotel has a restaurant on the beach, and she just kept telling us to go there and eat. She was nice, but it was frustrating. In addition, their restaurant was not yet built, so the breakfasts were toast in the lobby. That said, our room was huge, with an ever bigger patio and private infinity pool and hammock. Every day, after the beach, we'd come back, cool down in our private pool and lounge on our wonderful deck. Overall -- gorgeous rooms, but we've had better staff elsewhere in Zihua.